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  • Music is meant to speak to the soul, to transport the listener to another space on a different plane of understanding. If the artist does her job, the listener is taken to a place deep inside the realm of emotional connectivity; I'm supposed to feel the words you sing, experience the story you tell through the melody of your voice. Listening to you took me somewhere deep tonight; after a couple of careful playbacks I had to write to you, if not for any other reason than to tell you that tonight, your music made me smile. And I haven't smiled in a long time. It's refreshing to hear something, someone different. Thank you, Kiyomi.

Nov
12
Sparkles, Treasures, and “A Walk on the Beach” in Cape Cod <3


By kiyomi on Wed, 12 Nov 2014


ever since i read a couple of inspiring books by Joan Anderson, i’d been craving sparkly calming blue waters, salty refreshing sea air, briny oysters, lobster rolls, and most important, the feeling of getting away so i could see the world with fresh eyes again. Joan went on a solo internal journey to Cape Cod, and during this time she met the most amazing older lady named Joan Erikson, in “A Walk on the Beach”. i learned so much from Joan Erikson through the book, the biggest lesson for me being the importance of always taking action in life. and ever since, my heart had felt this longing to go back to the cape.


so when i got the itch to get away again, which was really an itch to feel renewed again, i presented the Cape Cod idea to Joseph and he was on board! he had read the book too after all, for i have this habit of shoving books in his face for him to read, maybe more often then he’d like and there’s something about traveling that lets you see the world in childlike wonder and amazement, where everything is so beautiful and almost new again, especially if your day to day life has turned mundane.


so, i had my toes painted a candy raspberry pink, and off we went in my beloved little (non gas-guzzling!) red prius, towards a cute little b&b near the ocean!



and it was magical! we were able to spend much time by the water. we visited and strolled through many of the towns, though it was too cold to go in the ocean. but i’m not really a lounging in the sun by the water type of person anyway just being by the water makes me happy! and literally after each day was over, i soaked in a long hot bath full of epsom salt and essential oils, it was heaven! i think i took 4 baths in a row, my idea of heaven!



and of COURSE i had to have seafood, like, all the time there, i am seafood crazy! the lobster rolls were amazing, the sweet lobster meat so fresh and plentiful, the oysters were perfectly cold and briny, and perfection with some crisp white buttery chardonnay, and i had quite a few bowls of heavenly clam chowder (no skimping on the clams here!), all over the cape


we had plenty of wine of course, with the lovely food, and also visited Cape Cod Beer, a brewery with amazing beer! i think we had a little too much fun there, but really, is there such a thing as too much fun??



one of my favorite things about traveling is just kind of wandering around and finding little treasures that you may not find in a guidebook. and of course i did find some things that made me squeal in delight! like a little kid! (this is what traveling does to you, i tell you!) like a pretty art piece that i loved made out of shells. and a fountain surrounded by red flowers. and a signpost made out of shells too. i just love finding treasures that make life pretty!



and one of my favorite finds, we were driving around at one point, and a bright pink house caught my eye. so we made a Uturn so i could check it out, and it turned out to be a used book shop! really??!! a PINK house FULL to the brim, literally every nook and cranny, with books? what?? like, heaven for me!! i think i was MEANT to find this place!! i had an enchanting time there browsing, smelling the old paper and bindings, and savoring the feeling of being surrounded by millions of beautiful words by so many authors who’ve spilled their dreams, life stories, and lessons into these books.



so, we had a marvelous time there. and it made me realize again how beautiful life is. and i was proud of myself that i took action to go where i wanted. and i find that taking action not only brings me to places i want to go physically, but towards my dreams as well. they all go hand in hand, really, and i find that the more i do, the closer i get to where i want to be, and the better i become as a person. life is like a grab bag full of magical gifts, isn’t it? if we accept these gifts, there’s so much we can do and be, how cool is that?


“The important thing is to DO something, even if it’s as simple as making a pile of pebbles. For it is always the doing that leads to the becoming, and before you know it you’re on to the next stage of life.” - Joan Erikson


 

Oct
22
Free Download of My WOS Radio Top 20 Song!! (and SO many gifts from the universe <3)


By kiyomi on Wed, 22 Oct 2014


i was ELATED when i got an email from Women of Substance Radio saying that my cover song made it to their Top 20 list, i felt as if i’d come home and i’m not sure if you’ve had the chance to hear it, but i wanted to offer it to you as a gift as a free download! (it’s at the bottom of this post!)


i don’t know about you, but i’ve been feeling very heavy and blah lately, and with an extra dose of stress, mostly self created! i’ve been running around in circles literally, AND in my head, and i don’t know if it’s because of something astrology refers to as the Mercury Retrograde or not, though i have a strong feeling it plays more than a minor role.


(if you don’t know what a Mercury Retrograde is and are interested to know more, this is a great post on it, by the lovely Gala Darling! "How to Survive Mercury Retrograde")


so how did my overall being respond to all this? my body went wackadoodles. i got up on sunday, and all of a sudden was keeling over from nausea, then i couldn’t do anything but lay down. and i wasn't normal for 3 days. really?!


and of course i knew inside that my body was screaming to get my attention, trying to get me to slow down. it has been for a while, but i'd been ignoring it, so hence, the sickness. joseph and i even went away on vacation to Cape Cod, and there too, i was running around trying to get things done, visit all the sights, eat at the great seafood places, walk the beaches, oh my goodness. it was a beautiful time, but really, sometimes you’ve gotta stop DOING, and just relax. my body clearly told me i’ve been doing enough, and more importantly, that i AM enough.


so this morning i got up, finally feeling almost like my normal self. i decided to do some yoga. and i ALLOWED myself for a full 40 minutes, to just enjoy it and not worry at all about anything else. i told myself there was nowhere i had to be and nothing i had to do but yoga right now. and i felt my body relax and breathe, and i was truly able enjoy the poses because i was fully there. i was able to get back into myself, to hear myself, what my heart had to say. and i sat down right afterwards, and started scribbling in my notebook, where literally everything for this blog poured out of me in minutes with no effort. it was like my spirit had been needing me to get rid of all the white noise buzzing around, so it could be heard.


and just like the Universe does all the time, it sent me a message, just when i needed to hear it. today it came through an email mailer from the funny and adorably one-of-a-kind Paige Z. in it, she wrote “Part of your journey is reflection and pause. It is vital.” so true and that was the confirmation that this was the message for me today.


and how funny is that? that my head somehow THINKS that buzzing around like a busy bee is going to get me further on my path, but really, it’s when i slowed down that i was able to get to the good stuff. what a concept!


so, since i was given many little gifts today, i’d like to give you a gift, my cover song of “Fields of Gold”. i AM truly a musician at heart, after all. and this is what my soul is crying out for me to do. share my music. so now, if you’d like, download my song and take some time for yourself as you listen to some music. music made with love, oh so much love


http://kiyomimusic.com/downloads/13/fields_of_gold_cover_by_kiyomi/


 

Sep
23
My Beautiful Summer Recap <3


By kiyomi on Tue, 23 Sep 2014


summer is officially over now and as i look back on it, i can’t help but feel awed at life’s beauty, and all the pretty things that make it that way. of course there were hardships during the summer - a couple fights with loved ones, dealing with most of my family going through some transitions and more, but somehow i can look back and really only remember the roses and sparkles plus, i’ve learned what i need to learn from all this, which is the point isn’t it? and i stand here with a smile on my face and an excitement to continue on on my dream journey!


well first off, there was so much music! i went to a few concerts including Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles, and my fellow musician Johnny Marnell’s band “Poppy’s Suitcase”! it was so amazing to be around so much music, i felt at home and so happy. it filled me with inspiration and sunshine, reminded me of why i’m a musician, and it tapped into the deepest part of me that loves music so crazy much. and as i wrote in my previous blog, My Auspicious End to August, a cover song i recorded at home was chosen to air on Women of Substance Radio! with all of this music in my life, it was like i could breathe again.


  


i also wrote a blog/book review for Francesca Lia Block’s newest book, “Beyond the Pale Motel”, and got the highest number of hits on my website i’ve ever gotten in a day! and i was beyond honored to be asked to read and write for her! On My Love Affair with Books


i was also able to spend a lot of time in my favorite places, NYC, Woodstock, and the beach! one of my days in NYC, i wrote about in Summer Magic in New York City. and throughout the summer, i also hung out with Joseph trying the best ramen i’ve had yet at Momofuku Noodle Bar, shopping, and strolling around the streets of NYC taking in all the excitement and just feeling so happy just BEING there. i also hiked several times on beautiful trails, including in the beautiful Catskills with Joseph, and also with my favorite twin boy nephews we all also went to the beach on the Jersey Shore, after visiting my brother’s bubble tea shop at Rutger’s University. if you’re ever in the area, go visit him, he’s the good looking guy named Tomo!!


 


on top of getting to spend a lot of time with my family and nephews, i also was lucky to have quality time with my friends (and their ADORABLE kids) Mary, Stacy, and Amber! i am a lucky lady to have so many wonderful people in my life!


 


i also fell in love with cooking (and eating) an Indian masala curry dish with roasted chickpeas! i’ve always loved indian food, but to be able to make it now feels amazing and my new pair of Stuart Weitzman sandals are to die for, as well as my new everyday lip moisturizer/gloss obsession - Sugar Rose Shine Lip Treatment, by Fresh!


  


BUT… i have saved the BEST for last - just very recently this month, my family was so VERY overjoyed to welcome into our family a new baby, my new nephew Cody!! he is the sunshine of our lives and is the cutest little jellybean ever. he makes whoever is holding him, smile, no matter what



so this is my glorious summer recap! and somehow, when i list everything out that happened that made me glow inside, it seems even more wonderful. and i end up thinking that yes, life can be hard, but really, can life really get any better?